African American History

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How did World War II shape the larger civil rights struggle for black equality

Apr 12th, 2015

Although African Americans were discriminated in the army like they were at home. During WWII, some gains were made in the army. While units remain for the most part segregated, many more officer positions were given to African Americans than prior to that time. In fact the 1940 Selective Service Act actually prohibited discrimination on the basis of race for certain volunteer positions. 

More importantly, WW II open the eyes of African Americans. They were supposedly fighting for freedom in Europe. They question themselves whose freedom they were fighting for; obviously they were not free back home. Were they dying on the battle field to defend freedom for white people?  After the war they went home and some of them joined the civil rights struggle for them.  Many for example, participated in the Double V, campaign. This meant that they wanted to celebrate having won in Europe for democracy and now they called for a fight and victory against racism at home. So it can be argued that WW II was important for African American Civil Rights because it encourage to see the irony of fighting for "freedom" when they were not free at home.

Apr 13th, 2015

thank you so much, i also have another question regarding African History.Why was Randolph unhappy with black working conditions in the U.S during World War II? What strategies does he suggest blacks should undertake to combat problems in employment? How does the issue of World War II figure into Randolph’s statement?

Apr 13th, 2015

Sorry for the grammar mistakes; I was writing fast.

The following is a a really nice website on P.Randolph:http://www.biography.com/people/a-philip-randolph-9451623#synopsis

It is simple and even has great video on his life. The best I can say is that he saw what is really need for real change, well paying jobs for workers.

Apr 13th, 2015

okay thank you 

Apr 13th, 2015

With all due respect to Martin Luther King Jr., Randolph was smarter. Think about it, who really cares if people don't like you or discriminate against you, if you have a real well paying job? I would not care. When you have enough money you can build your own schools and everything else. If I can buy anything I want, it does not matter how much you discriminate me or don't like me. 

Apr 13th, 2015

With all due respect to Martin Luther King Jr., Randolph was smarter. Think about it, who really cares if people don't like you or discriminate against you, if you have a real well paying job? I would not care. When you have enough money you can build your own schools and everything else. If I can buy anything I want, it does not matter how much you discriminate me or don't like me. 

Apr 13th, 2015

how civil rights advocates successfully challenged and overthrew the system of segregation. 

Apr 26th, 2015

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